Munitions Support for Tactical Air Operations

Tactical Resources and Combat Effectiveness (TRACE) Model

by Kathleen Harris, Donald E. Lewis, Gary F. Mills


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This 1973 study of munitions support for tactical air operations was initiated to examine and quantify the impact on combat capability of changes in the numbers and types of air-to-ground nonnuclear munitions available to the operational commander. The Tactical Resources and Combat Effectiveness (TRACE) model was developed to support this study. The model simulates the allocation of aircraft and munitions located at a set of operating bases against a wide variety of target types, which are identified by the following mission categories: Close Air Support, Counter Air, and Air Interdiction.

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